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Christian Dior SS 2017: In search of a “Dio(R)Evolution”.

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“I think fashion is about change. Fashion is about revolution. And I think that revolutionary is a woman. I’m a little bit feminist because I’m a woman at Dior and so I wanted to speak about the women in a different way.”stated no other than new Dior creative director of womenswear,Maria Grazia Chiuri-also the first woman to ever lead the prestigious house.And she did bring feminism in the fashion spotlight once more, in the most direct way-by presenting a T-shirt with ”We should all be feminists” printed on it,paired with a tulle skirt.A clever move for a debut collection,as feminism is an idea noone can speak against it-even in ‘sartorial’ terms .

Now,with the idea that fashion should serve women’s needs to be revolutionary,Maria Grazia Chiuri produced some considerably interesting designs:tailored blacks,a fantastic red dress( homage to Christian Dior himself),fencing jackets ready to be worn outside catwalk and tulle skirts.If the first ‘part’ of the show meant serious ‘business’ for Dior,the second, with romantic tarot embroidered pastel (or white) dresses, looked considerably boring and moody, despite the excellent work being done from the ateliers.It lacked the spark to further develop the already supersafe choices she made:black and white (or pastel) color palette,bringing the ‘Jadore Dior’ logo back ( a hint of 90’s) and loud feminism with female celebrities in the Dior frow. If clothes for every woman was the aim,yes she has made it.But starting a “Dio(R)Evolution” takes effort-and risk.

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